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. >>> from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "early start weekend." new activity on syria's chemical weapons and the heightened fear they may fall into the wrong hands. >>> aurora, penn state and, of course, newtown. we countdown the top ten biggest crimes of 2012. >>> "time" magazine named president obama person of the year, but do you know who their reader's choice was? you might be surprised. >>> it is sunday, december 23rd, good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >>> we begin with breaking news. the brutal gang rape of a woman is sparking protests in india. protesters chanting "we want justice" in new delhi. the 23-year-old was attacked on a bus last weekend. cnn has learned that a journalist has been killed in demen strags today and we'll bring you much more on this as soon as we get it. >>> now, to a tearful ending and a new beginning in connecticut. flags will be raised to full staff today for the first time since the shooting at sandy hook elementary school. this comes just after the final three funerals for the victims of that tragedy. emilie parker, josephine gay. all littl
brother is getting one. >> still ahead, an american t.v. news crew was taken hostage in syria. what happened to them while they were in custody? >> after a sunny and mild day the reality of december is coming back in a hurry. >> richard ingle is safe to 9 after a harrowing five days in syria. he and his crew were kidnapped shortly after crossing into syria. he says the syrian loyalist psychological torture, threatening several times to kill them. they were freed after the captors were killed in a firefight at a rebel checkpoint. >> the last five days are days that we would rather forget. >> he believes his captors wanted to trade his crew for iranian and lebanese prisoners held by rebel forces. >> the queen made attending a cabinet meeting. the move raised some eyebrows. the queen is required to remain neutral on political matters. the government says the queen attended as an observer in honor of her 60 years of the british throne. >> a record-setting fine for toyota, the maximum amount allowed by law. the national traffic safety ministrations as they fell to quickly report problems
for the end of the blood sed taking place in syria and playing for israelis and palestinians to find the courage to negotiate a lasting peace. yesterday the pope talked about the lure of technology taking time away from war shopping god. >> pilgrims from around the world flock to belles a to bethlehem lining up to see the birthplace of jesus. leland vittert live from bethlehem, sending christmas greetings to us like nobody else can. merry christmas to you. >> reporter: you're right it is really a roo tphaoebg and magical place on earth to be for chris nass. i'm going t christmas. you see the christmas tree all lit up and past that the church of the nativity where tonight there are a couple of thousands of people lined up trying to head inside and down to the bible when th grothe tow where the bible said jesus was born two m ma malennia go. the pope took a political penned talking about the nation of palestine certainly on the mind of a lot of people here, a lot of locals in bethlehem and the west bank. nobody really does christmas celebrations like they do in the west bank. palestini
. >>> more than 100 people were killed in syria today. civilians doing nothing more than waiting in line for bread. witnesses say a syrian military aircraft dropped bombs on this small village and hit a bakery where scores of people were gathered trying to get desperately-needed food. witnesses say the hospitals cannot handle all the casualties. >>> the people of egypt give a thumbs up to a new constitution drawn up by the country's most islamist assembly. this weekend was the second round of a nationwide referendum. the new constitution adjusts the leadership positions and clarifies how the country's laws are made. we'll know the final results in just a few hours. >>> hours ago hawaii senator daniel inouye was laid to rest. he represented hawaii in washington for more than five decades, ever since hawaii became a state in 1959. the 88-year-old senator was also a war hero. he lost his arm in world war ii. president obama and the first lady attended today's funeral in hawaii. obama has said inouye was his earliest political inspiration. >>> we are not going to budge. that's the message fr
. >>> in syria the military police chief has defected from president assad's government. this video shows a man identified as the official. i want you to take a listen. >> translator: i announce my defection from the regime and joining the peoples revolution because the syrian military has strayed from the core mission in protecting the homeland to become nothing but an armed gangs that kill and destroy cities and villages carrying out massacres that came out demanding freedom and dignity. >> pretty strong words. this would be one of the highest level defections in the 21 months they've been fighting. the prime minister and general were close to al assad and they also left the regime in recent months. first of all, tell us, this guy, i mean he essentially says they're thugs going after their own people. this seems pretty significant. >> reporter: well, that's right. he's identified on this tape as the general. aside from the video, we spoke with officials from the free syrian army today. they confirmed to us and helped this man escape syria and he's now in turkey. they say it's significant beca
to defend against attacks from syria. >> we are deploying two batteries here to turkey along with the troop that are necessary to man those batteries. so that we can help turkey have the kind of missile defense it may need in dealing threat that come out of syria. >> now the secretary made that announcement while meeting troops in turkey. 400 american troops will be assigned to the missiles. >>> in the meantime syria denies reports it fired scud missiles at fighters. they say the united states and nato are wrong. there are concerns syria may use the scud missiles to launch chemical weapons. >>> the fiscal cliff negotiations in washington may put the speaker at risk. any compromise may draw a line between him and the tea party conservatives. >> reporter: the house speaker and the president are still in a standoff over the deal and the speaker plans to go home to ohio today. they met at the white house last night but didn't reach any agreement. the speaker said he is still available to negotiate over the phone but any deal could mean bad news for his role on capitol hill. if he refuses a dea
to speed now, a shocking number of dead and wounded today in a small village in syria. >> terrified survivors. witnesses say people were standing in lines for bread when a syrian military jet bombed the bakery. more than 100 people were reported dead. that number may go way up as night goes on. full report from the region in just a moment here on cnn. >>> nine days left before you face a new year with higher taxes. apparently a fiscal cliff solution is not wrapped up as a gift under your christmas tree. makers are home for the holidays. house speaker john boehner is in ohio, president obama is in his native hawaii. you'll hear about a last ditch effort that may happen after the holiday. that story just a few moments away here as well. >> a united states senator was arrested for drunk driving early sunday morning. idaho republican was taken to jail in alexandria virginia after midnight. he was stopped for running a red light and charged with driving under the influence. the senator has issued an apology. he was released on $1,000 bond and he has a court date. >>> christmas, two days
intend to fight. plus, bob shrum and joan walsh on plan b. >>> and a real scare in syria turns into a real happy ending. tonight we'll tell you how nbc's richard engel escaped from his kidnappers. >> i'm very happy that we're here this morning. >> thanks for watching. it may be a rare moment in gun history, but the nation is focused on gun control following the massacre in connecticut. the national rifle association finally broke its silence on the newtown shooting. a statement released today by the organization said, in part, the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. the language is similar to president obama's call for meaningful action, but contribution from the nra remains to be seen. but several republican politicians are already headed in the direction of change. michigan governor rick snyder saw republicans in his state legislature pass a bill to allow guns in schools and day care centers. the bill was passed one day before the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. today the republican governor vetoed the bill. according
of syria. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his crew disappeared thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. this morning he told the "today" show how they were all finally set free. >> at the end of this, we were being moved to yet another location in the later around 11:00 last night local time and as we were moving along the road the kidnappers came across a rebel checkpoint, something they hadn't expected so we were in the back of what you'd think of as a mini van and as we were driving along the road the kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started a gun fight with it. two of the kidnappers were killed, they climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us. we spent the night with them, we didn't get much sleep. >> ivan watson joins us from istanbul, turkey. ivan, who were these kidnappers and why did they take me see journalists? >> well, according to richard engel's statement this was a shabiha pro-government militia made up of shiite muslims and it gives you a sense of how chaotic the situation has gotten inside syria. we were hearing about clashes betwe
.s. military will soon be sending teams to africa. also later, prayers for peace in syria. the latest round of bloody bombings killing innocent men, women and children. all they were doing waiting in line for food. [ male announcer ] when was the last time something made your jaw drop? campbell's has 24 new soups that will make it drop over, and over again. ♪ from jammin' jerk chicken, to creamy gouda bisque. see what's new from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. [ buzzing ] bye dad. drive safe. k. love you. [ chirping, buzzing continues ] [ horn honks ] [ buzzing continues ] [ male announcer ] the sprint drive first app. blocks and replies to texts while you drive. we can live without the &. visit sprint.com/drive. >> jamie: troops in afghanistan are celebrating christmas with a special dinner and candlelight mass. couple soldiers admitted the difficulty of spending the holiday in the war zone but said they are making the best of it. >> like everyone else, i am missing the opportunity to be with my family. however, you know, this job comes with a price. and many of the soldiers t
>>> nbc news correspondent richard engel explains what happened after he was kidnapped in syria for five days. good evening. i'm doreen gentzler. >> i'm jim vance. our top story at 6:00 tonight students went back to the classroom in newtown, connecticut. while more families laid more victims to rest. in the words of one high school senior, there's going to be no joy in school today. meanwhile, one elementary school in town did not open after the school received some sort of threat. the district was not taking any chances. also, as the morning continues the focus now turns to gun control. today the white house says president barack obama is actively supportive of efforts on capitol hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban. nbc's jay gray joins from us connecticut with more on the young lives buried way too soon. >> reporter: yeah, good to talk to you. as you talk about another rough day. first graders from sandy hook elementary all gathered again to lay to rest two more of their classmates while students from other schools here went back to class for the first time since the trag
in syria and in an incredible escape were able to break free from their captors after five days of being held and blindfolded. we'll bring you their story after the break. [ male announcer ] red lobster's crabfest ends soon. hurry in and try five succulent entrees, like our tender snow crab paired with savory garlic shrimp. just $12.99. come into red lobster and sea food differently. and introducing 7 lunch choices for just $7.99. you can stay in and like something... or you can get out there and actually like something. the lexus december to remember sales event is on. this is the pursuit of perfection. >>> kidnapped, blindfolded, threatened for five days. american journalist lives to tell that story. richard engel and his crew were captured last thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. they suffered psychological torture. >> they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places, and they kept us blindfolded, bound, we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us wou
production crew, they are free today after being held for five days inside syria. engle spoke with reporters in turkey shortly after he and his team escaped dure, a deadly fire fight between their kidnappers and syrian rebels. take a listen to this. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. and we appreciate all the help. the last five days are some days that we would rather forget. >> they would like to forget them. we can tell you that engle and his team vanished thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. and though no one claimed responsibility for this kidnapping, engle said he thinks his captors were part of this militia loyal to syrian president bashar al assad, and trained by iran's revolutionary guard. he also said they planned to trade the journalists for hostages held by syrian rebels. engle spoke again today about the ordeal. >> they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places, and they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten
.w.a.t. team later found two men and two women dead at the scene. at an nbc team kidnapped in syria is free and unharmed and expressing relief today. richard engel says his crew was captured last week as they crossed from turkey into syria. he believes his kidnappers were militia loyal to the syrian government. >>> the average price of regular self-serve gasoline in the u.s. is now $3.24. the price has fallen every day for almost a month and it could fall to levels not seen in two years. analysts credit in part the better economy and continued high unemployment. wolf? >> lisa, thank you. >>> two more families here in connecticut burying their children. their funerals and their stories. that's ahead. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva helps control my copd symptoms by keeping my airways open for 24 hours. plus, it reduces copd flare-ups. spiriva is the only once-daily inhaled copd maintenance treatment that does both. spiriva handihaler tiotropium bromide inhalation powder does not replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms. tell your doctor if you have kidney prob
and his crew held for five days in syria have been freed. nbc news says is the chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, is safe, and harmed at now out of the country. the network says they disappeared shortly after crossing into northwest syria from turkey on thursday. he is says that they were finally freed monday a fire fight at a checkpoint manned by rebel fighters, which they ran into as they were being moved. nbc says that while the crew was missing, there was no claim of responsibility, no contact with the capers and no request for ransom. >> hawaii's senator daniel enna-way has died. he died of respiratory complications and washington area hospitals. if the 88 year old was the longest serving senator. he spent 50 years in the senate and was a medal of honor recipient. according to be in na wheys office his last word was " aloha". >> we will be right back. >> in the wake of the deadly connecticut elementary school shooting, we are hearing more stories of courage and heroism. gene rosen lives near the school in newtown. friday morning, before anyone knew what had happened, he disco
. >> thank you. >>> freedom for an american tv reporter and his production team released unharmed in syria after being held captive for five days. this is new video of nbc chief correspondent rich and engel and his crew safely back in turkey today. they were kidnapped last thursday after crossing into syria. they were tied up and blindfolded until they were freed yesterday, following a gun battle at a rebel checkpoint. >> the last fives were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here. we love this country. we appreciate all of the help. the last five days are days we would rather forget. >> ingle thinks his kidnappers were loyal to the syrian government. he says they were not physically abused but there was psychological torture. the kidnappers would ask them to choose which would be shot first and when they refused, there were mock shootings. >>> 7:20. a preliminary hearing set said in the -- debt today in the case of a san francisco -- set today in the case of a san francisco couple who kissed a pimp. prosecutors say they murdere
at 6, a u.s. journalist and his team make a daring escape after being held hostage in syria. the details are coming your way as we continue. and what is ahead in the forecast. >> we hope the winds will settle down later. and at this hour, they're still gusting to 30 as colder air comes rolling back into town. i will let you know what to expect for your wednesday. scott, what are you working on in sports? >> the ride skins concerns will be on the quarterback to the guys protecting that, the injuries to the offensive line may mean a shuffling to the bodies up front. details are ahead in the sports edge.  . >>> a new sense of urgency. we'll look inside. >>> and a lot of interesting things while riding on the subway. you have ever seen a piano board? there you go. i thought i saw it all. jesse got on the train with her owners and needless to say, everyone was surprised. some even took pictures of the pony with the cameras. or video like this one and didn't seem to mind it at all. speculating that the pony belongs to a circus. why it's on the train ismy
and explosions and death in syria. this is damascus. at least five people were killed today when a powerful car bomb blew up in this residential neighborhood. it tore apart apartment buildings and filled the streets with debris. government blames rebel fighters for setting off the bomb. at least 30 people died in attacks across syria today. half of them in damascus. >>> this is new delhi, india. riot police blasting protesters with high-pressure water hoses trying to break up a rally against the government. people are furious after a woman was reportedly gang raped last weekend. women are not safe in new dehli and other cities in india. >>> it's one of our top stories this hour on cnn. a former u.s. marine and war veteran is released from a mexican prison. he spent four months there without a trial on a questionable gun charge. he describes conditions there and his treatment as deplorable. another american family is desperately trying to bring home steven knight, an american who has been in a mexican prison more than a year. cnn's rafael romo has his story. >> reporter: this is what steven knig
. >>> ahead on "reliable sources" a harrowing ordeal in syria for richard engel. risk-taking reporters in just a moment. who do you think i am, quicken loans? ♪ at quicken loans, our amazingly useful mortgage calculator app allows you to quickly calculate your mortgage payment based on today's incredibly low interest rates... right from your iphone or android smartphone. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. ♪ >>> richard engel is one of those reporters who just can't stay away from danger from iraq to afghanistan, from lebanon to egypt. magnetically attracted to war zones. i was sickened to learn that he and his crew had been kidnapped what engel later described as progovernment militants in syria. >> hello, how are you? >> sigh of relief. it was announced that he was safe inside neighboring turkey. he later popped up on "today" show to describe what happened. >> a group of gunmen just literally jumped out of the trees and bushes. they dragged us out of the car. >> what followed was a five-day ordeal that is chilling to listen to. >> we weren't physically beaten or tortured.
the fiscal cliff. >>> and richard, save in syria, after being kidnapped with his news crew. he describes those details for us. >>> our plan "b" would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less. and have all of their current rates extended. >> well, two weeks until taxes go up on nearly every american, house speaker john boehner is making another game of political chess on the fiscal cliff. he and eric cantor announcing last hour that he would introduce a plan for the bush tax rates of those making $1 million or less. this news comes from president obama placed another counteroffer on the table, his third one in nine days. joining me in kristen welker, nbc news correspondent. chr kristen, what do you make in light of the boehner plan put on the table? the president unupped them here. >> you look at the polls, they show if we do in fact go over the fiscal cliff, the majority of americans would place the blame on republicans. so house speaker john boehner putting forward the proposal that would increase taxes on those making $1 million or more. harry reid already responding. he
next an nbc reporter and crew making a daring escape after being kidnapped in syria. the redskins can lock in a playoff spot as soon as this weekend. we'll tell you how it could happen coming up.  [ femamale announcer ] here's to a whole world of happier holidays. time to enchant, delight and amaze. safeway will help you gather everyone round. a smoked, shank half ham is only 99 cents a pound. get breyer's ice cream for $2.48 and dessert will surely shine. make it a grand finale with starbucks just $6.99. turns out this season less is really so much more. so make your holiday merrier than ever before. safeway. ingredients for life. >>> nbc news correspondent richard engel and his crew are free tonight after kidnapped in syria. they were abducted last thursday. they were blindfolded and moved around to different safe houses. yesterday they drove to a check point manned by rebel fighters. the gun battle broke out and two of the kidnappers were killed. engel and his crew were not hurt. the rebels drove them into turkey where they were set free. >>> thieves
rescue. a reporter freed from captors in syria today. we'll update you on what happened there. live reports, up next. ♪ [ gordon ] for some this line is a convenience. how you doing today? i'm good thanks. how are you? i'm good. [ gordon ] but for others, it's all they can afford. every day nearly nine million older americans don't have enough to eat. anything else? no, not today. join me, aarp, and aarp foundation in the drive to end hunger by visiting drivetoendhunger.org. in the drive to end hunger alriwoah! did you get that? and...flip! yep, look at this. it takes like 20 pictures at a time. i never miss anything. isn't that awesome? uh that's really cool. you should upload these. i know, right? that is really amazing. the pictures are so clear. kevin's a handsome devil that phone does everything! search dog tricks. okay, see if we can teach him something cool. look at how lazy kevin is. kevin, get it together dude cmon, kevin take 20 pictures with burst shot on the galaxy s3. >>> welcome back, everyone. a harrowing tale, a reporter and his crew held for five days in syria, no
before you switch. visit progressive.com today. >>> another deadly bakery bombing in syria. nine people today are dead including six children killed in an air raid while waiting for bread. it is the second attack on hungry civilians in as many days. one of the most shocking single events of this conflict. syrian warplanes dropping bombs on a bakery in hama province. the aftermath here, more than 100 killed while waiting in line. this amid reports six rebel fighters died after inhaling white gas. we're not sure what it is. the opposition says canister bombs were thrown at dissidents in the embattled city of homs. mohammed jamjoom joins me from beirut and lakhdar brahimi met with syria's president. before we get to that meeting, let's talk about the bakery bombings, the opposition is saying essentially once a town is, quote, liberated and taken over by rebels, the government's dropping bombs on lines of civilians waiting for bread on purpose in order to terrorize themohammed. >> reporter: that's right. the syrian government is saying that as of yet what happened was the work of terrorists
and international envoy to syria are warning that syria's civil war is threatening the fragile stability of the mideast. u.n. arab league envoy rahimi met with russian foreign minister lavrov in moscow today. they're trying to bring the regime and rebels to the bargaining table. >> you know, the only alternative is really help for political process. then we have got all of us to work ceaselessly for particular causes. it is difficult. it is very complicated. but there is no other choice. >> but despite the international appeal for a peaceful political transition, fighting continues to rage in syria. syrian opposition activists say at least 88 people have been killed just today. >>> the senate has approved a bill extending secret eavesdropping overseas. the measure is headed to president obama who's expected to sign it. cnn's brian todd takes a closer look at the controversial foreign surveillance act. >> reporter: he ordered it just after 9/11, and it became one of the most controversial tactics used by former president george w. bush and his security team to fight the war on terror. the
. >>> to a pair of startling and devastating attacks in syria. it was a couple of hours ago. nine people, six of them children, were killed. this was in a raid on a bakery. that is according it to an opposition group. the attack comes a day after more than 100 folks died at another bakery. this is when planes dropped bombs as they were waiting in line for bread. we have the story, and we want to warn you that some of the these pictures are graphic. >> reporter: a voice filled with horror, a scene full of carnage. a massacre screams the man. they targeted the bakery. a bakery where hungry civilians had been standing in line to get bread. one eyewitness reached via skype described the grizzly aftermath. >> translator: from 200 meters away i could see corpses as i walked towards the bakery. the people cannot be described. bodies piled on top of each other. it was an impossible scene. there was no word to describe it. >> reporter: he says he was one of the first on the scene filmed this video. the wounded are carried away as rebels and civilians dig up mangled corpses from the rubble. shock and g
to the tragedy still going on in syria. i think we're at a new place in the middle east where we have a younger generation that's using a new tool in the environment, technology. during egypt's uprising, for instance, i was getting tweets and twist at which timers and facebook posts and i can imagine you, don, trying to get to the american media to spread the word. so i think that the path we're on now, while it's still bloody and tragic, maybe a better path towards eventual peace in the u.s. i'm not predicting it for 2013. the last is the gay marriage story. you can't legislate love, but you can support love when it's there. and i think people are growing and progressing and i think ultimately that's a big story for this year, as far as evolution is concerned. >> you know, it's interesting. as you were reeling off those stories and those are just a few of them, having to cover these stories, you wonder why we aren't -- the news people aren't the most depressed people in the world. but then the viewer is also taking it in at home, and it has to be affecting them as well. >> of course. it absolu
:15. in syria, the new military commander of the rebel says he's closely monitoring the syrian government's chemical weapon sites but right now they don't have what it takes to seize and secure them. the new rebel commander who defected from the syrian army says he's very afraid that president assad will use the chemical weapons on his own people. syria reportedly has one of the world's biggest chemical weapons arsonnals. >>> happening right now in washington, d.c., a closed door briefing at this hour is focusing on top-secret information about the deadly attack on the libyan consulate. here's more. >> reporter: the panel called the security at the consulate in benghazi grossly inadequate and the panel blames lack of security for the deaths of chris stevens and three others. many point the finger at secretary of state hillary clinton. she claims to take full responsibility for this. clinton will be sending top state department deputies to testify in her place after suffering a concussion. john bolton says clinton is faking her illness to avoid testifying. a state department spokeswoman sa
on syria with his egyptian counteren part today. russia is also reaching out to a syrian opposition leader to hold the meeting. >>> the florida man known as the dinosaur smuggler is facing 17 years in prison. eric pricopi pleaded guilty to illegally buying and selling whole or partial dinosaur skeletons and slipping them through u.s. customs. sentencing is scheduled for april. the remains are being returned to mongolia. >>> a new year's resolution for drivers in chicago, use the l, because starting january 1st the city will have the most expensive parking meter rates in north america. how expensive? $6.50 per one hour in the loop. it will be the fifth year in a row that the city's meter rates have gone up. >>> the massacre at sandy hook elementary school got a lot of teachers thinking, what would they do if they found themselves in that same situation and a debate has exploded over whether arming educators is the answer. this is utah, hundreds of people attended a free gun training class especially tailored to teachers and other school employees, some of them already are sold on this idea,
. >>> syria's vice president is reportedly calling for a national unity government with wide powers to bring about an end to that country's civil war. the comments come as a fresh round of violence shakes syria. said to be taken after syrian government planes bombed a palestinian refugee camp near damascus on sunday. a uk-based human rights group says at least eight people were killed there. meanwhile, vice president farouk al sharia told the lebanese newspaper that neither the rebels nor the current government has the ability to reach an end point. an opposition group says at least 150 people were killed across syria on sunday. >>> south carolina governor nikki haley announced that congressman tim scott will replace outgoing senator jim demint. haley said she was looking for a conservative fighter. he thanked his mother for not quitting on him. >> when you start out in a single parent household with a mom who works 16 hours a day, and you're looking at a future that doesn't look as bright and you're living in charleston, south carolina, you build the strength that comes from having apprecia
to a democratic congressman about how she thinks we can stop the talling off the fiscal cliff. >>> in syria's capital, damascus, two bombs, ten dead. one a car bomb exploded in a damascus neighborhood, the other a shelling at a bakery in a suburb. syrian state tv calls it a terrorist explosion. >>> bp agreed to pay up for its role in one of the worst oil spills in history and now a judge has signed off on it. they settled for an estimated $7.8 billion the money to go to thousands of businesses and people affected by the spill. they pled guilty last month for the explosion that killed 11 people. >>> millions of us are getting ready to travel for the holidays and are already on the road. the bad news, if you're driving, gas prices just hit a speed bump. after falling for most of last month, the average price per gallon is up 1.2 cents to $3.24. the good news, that it's about the same price it was a year ago. >>> drivers in the middle of the country also have to deal with this. take a look at cleveland, ohio. as a major winter storm raced through there yesterday. the day before, the blizzard l
after being kidnapped and held captive in syria for five days. they were driving in what they thought was rebel-controlled area when a group of 15 gunmen wearing ski masks jumped out and pulled them out of their car. they put the three men in a truck and blindfolded them. they threatened to kill them over and over again, pretended to shoot them. firing the gun into the air. the three men were eventually freed by rebels. they just arrived safe flee turkey. here is angle in his own words. >> we were driving in syria, about five days ago in what we thought was a rebel-controlled area. we were with some of the rebels and as we were moving down the road, a group of gunmen just literally jumped out of the trees and bushes on the side of the road. there were probably 15 gunmen. they were wearing ski masks, heavily armed. they dragged us out of the car. they had a container truck positioned waiting by the side of the road. they put us into that container truck. we were with some gunmen, rebels who were escorting us. they executed one on the. so then took us to a series of safe houses and int
changed? i just came from a long trip, russia, syria, israel, egypt. here's what happens in what i call a hyperconnected world when you're a columnist now. when i started, i was a reporter in beirut in 1982. all i wanted to do was tell americans something they didn't know from beirut, okay? well, that was pretty easy because, you know, there was no cnn back then. you couldn't really follow the news. there were no bloggers. now when i go abroad to write a column, i just wrote from egypt this morning, what's in my head is i'm not looking to tell just americans something they don't know about egypt, still pretty easy. what i aspire to now is actually to tell egyptians something they don't know about their own country. in other words, my job has changed because i know i have readers there. i have bloggers there. i'm so connected to that audience that it isn't enough for me anymore in the old days just to tell people in chicago something new about egypt. i've now got to tell people in egypt something new about egypt if i want to keep my job. >> exactly. and we ask these questions and make th
doors today before the house and senate foreign affairs committees. an unclassified version said syria's bureaucratic mess mismanagement was as of will for the inadequate security at the mission and benghazi where the u.s. ambassador and bay area native christopher stevens and three other americans were killed. schools and keep >> schools and use on the mind of the nation these days. the students at montclair elementary school in oakland got just that assurance from the oakland police apart. oakland police chief howard jordan showed up at the school to show his appreciation for all the kind words and wrote him a few months ago. steve jordan says he wanted the kids to know that the police are approachable, responsible and will keep them safe at home and on the streets and at school. >> up dozens of people gathered in pleasanton's amaral park to mourn the loss of so many lives in last week's conn shooting. singing songs, praying and lighting candles they bonded together to express their pain. >> pleasanton as much like a small town in new england and this could have easily been a our com
have the initiative to buy a plane ticket and go to libya, syria, and start reporting on the war, within a year, you can be an established war reporter and that is a wonderful thing about journalism, but also extremely dangerous. >> tell me about your personal experience. obviously part of the reason you wrote this book was because of your friend. you also wrote it based on an experience you had when there was a moment you were in a war zone and realized it could be me. >> i was in sierra leone, at a rebel check point. these guys stepped out of the jungle with machine guns and basically threatened to kill everybody. they obviously didn't. i spent about 15 minutes trying to get myself ready for that and obviously, it was a 15 minutes i thought i was going to be executed and it was a 15 minutes that really changed me and so, i wrote about that in the article for "vanity fair", but then later, i thought wouldn't it be interesting if we ratcheted it up a bit fictionally to figure out what happens in a situation like that, like they do start killing people. how do you react? >> it's i
to fresh rocket attacks - syria has gone on for 20 hours - >> >> are these red line warnings talk? cnn projects that barack obama will be re-elected president of the united states. >> terror at an elementary school in connecticut. 20 children dead. six adults are also dead. our hearts are broken today. for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children. may god bless the memory of the victims. and in the words of scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds. (music) >> quite a yearcoming up on kron 4 news weekend. the national rifle association sends another message to the public about its stance on new gun laws. >> first, live look outside bay this is in quarter madera corta madera... madera corta madera... ♪ we were skipping stones and letting go ♪ [ female announcer ] nature valley granola bars, rich dark chocolate, toasted oats. perfect combinations of nature's delicious ingredients, from nature valley. ♪ nature valley granola bars, nature at its most delicious. ...and in the tiniest details. nature valley granola thins pack the big
escaped from kidnappers in syria. they were ambushed after crossing the country from turkey last thursday. >> as we were moving down the road, a group of gunmen just literally jumped out of the reese and bushes on the side of the road. probably about 15 gunmen. they kept us blindfolded, bound, we weren't physically beaten orator toured. a lot of psychological torture. threats of being killed and they made us choose which one of us would be shot first. when we refused they were there were mock shootings. as we were driving along the road the kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started a gunfight with it and would of the kidnappers were killed. we climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us. >> nbc news said there was no claim of responsibility. no contact with the captors and no request for ransom during the time the crew was missing. of course, the entire nbc family is tremendously relieved that richard and the rest of our colleagues are safe. >> richard, as you know, is widely respected for his reporting around the world. joining us now is andrea mitchell. good to have you here. >> it
rocket attacks -- >> despyroin syria has gone on for 20 hours -- >> are these red line warnings talk? >> cnn projects that barack obama will be re-elected president of the united states. >> terror at an elementary school in connecticut. >> 20 children dead. six adults are also dead. >> our hearts are broken today. for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children. may god bless the memory of the victims. and in the words of scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds. >> what a year it's been. >>> another big story, of course, this year is the fiscal cliff battle. we're not done with that yet. will we get a deal ever? >>> and will the process lead to the end of john boehner's leadership in the house? 9Ñé8 people have doubts about taking aspirin for pain. but they haven't experienced extra strength bayer advanced aspirin. in fact, in a recent survey, 95% of people who tried it agreed that it relieved their headache fast. visit fastreliefchallenge.com today for a special trial offer. and we got onesies. sometimes miracles get messy. so we
for that. ted, thank you. >>> syria may be losing a long-time alley. lisa sylvester is monitoring that. what is going on? >> support for bashar al assad seems to be waning. president putin says that moscow's goal is not to cling to power at all costs. he supports a solution that stops the civil war. he also said russia is not concerned about assad's fate. south korea's president elect is pledging to, quote, take care of our people one by one. park geun-hye will take office in february. park is the first woman ever elected to lead south korea. >>> nasenate republicans want t slash it in half, a $60 billion bill to rebuild after hurricane san deech sandy. critics are saying that there really projects unrelated to the october storm. democrats want the package to clear congress before the end of the year. and as we all know, wolf, congress has a lot on its plate right now. >> certainly it does. lisa, thank you. >>> the shooting in connecticut has set wheels in motion on gun control and should the laws be changed. some minds are changing and the obama administration is now tackling the issu
and becoming more powerful in syria. >>> zero dark 30 is getting a lot of criticism from senators. dianne feinstein carl levin and john mccain. the issue themes that show cia officers torturing people. the senators say the film suggests torture led to key information about where bin laden was hiding. something the senators say is not true. the senators have sent a letter to sony pictures saying it should clarify that the role of torture is based on fiction, not facts. zero dark 30 debuted in new york and la. it will have a nationwide release next month. >>> 8:16. right now in washington, house of representatives is special. it's a lot different from what the democrats want -- is in session. it's a lot different from the what the democrats want. >> reporter: we're taking a look at the capitol, eric canter is scheduled to talk about boehner's plan in a minute. plan b would raise tax rates only on those making more than $1 million a year. and to would put a hold on automatic tax spending. it's a temporary fix and a long- term deal would have to come later. president obama wants to raise taxe
supported limited military intervention in syria, something the president has resisted. over his 30-year career, kerry has built deep relationships with many foreign leaders. >> there are very few people in our country with greater experience over a longer period of time in foreign policy than senator kerry. >> reporter: perhaps kerry's biggest challenge to date is not his confirmation hearings on capitol hill, but rather following in hillary clinton's footsteps who has become one of the most popular officials in the obama cabinet, both here and abroad. katebolduan, cnn, washington. >>> up next hour, we'll talk to wolf blitzer about the multiple names being floated as kerry's replacement in the u.s. senate, including actor and humanitarian ben affleck. >>> calls and e-mails to the hot line of autism speaks have gone up 130% since last week's shooting in newtown. coming up next, we'll talk to dr. sanjay gupta who will join me in studio to explain asperger's and address, apparently, all the questions that are out there now. oh, let me guess --ou see this? more washington gridlock. no, it's
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